SBA meetings

Join an active community of veteran and novice beekeepers and listen to talks from a variety of experts.

Meetings are held at 7PM on the second Wednesday of every month and are open to the public.

Spring/Summer Location:
Steppingstone Farm Museum in Havre de Grace
461 Quaker Bottom Rd. Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Link to Farm Museum directions

Fall/Winter Location:
Harford Community College, Chesapeake Center dining room. Take Thomas Run road and go to the roundabout to entrance #2, parking lot C, building C. HCC policy for COVID-19 is that you must wear a face mask while in the building. Link to map and directions

Past meetings

SBA meeting February 8, 2023 at 7PM

Meeting is live at Harford Community College.

Honey Exchange

It is all about the honey at this month’s SBA meeting! There will be a honey exchange where you and other beekeepers can swap jars of honey! (Please see a few rules below)

We will also be having an all-things honey tasting experience that will send your taste buds on a delightful tour through the honeycomb from hives around the states and beyond! Bring extracted honey, cream honey, comb honey, or any other honey-based food item to share with the attendees. All honey is acceptable. The more exotic and unusual the better. Sampling utensils will be provided. And this is ALL- THINGS honey, so if you make candy or other foods with honey, bring it! Samples that will be available to taste include honey from Ohio, North Carolina, Eastern Shore Maryland, and Canada! Get your palates ready because there will also be Spotted Lanternfly honey made from Pennsylvania honey bees!

Honey Exchange Rules: Meeting attendees can bring up to two jars/bottles of their own locally harvested honey and exchange it for another beekeeper's honey. Honey containers must be a minimum of 1lb (mason jars are acceptable). Each container must include the name, contact info (phone or email) and location where the honey was harvested from. Formal labels are acceptable but not required. Exchange participants will be given a ticket for each jar/bottle they bring. Tickets will be drawn to determine the order of selection.

Upcoming Meetings:

Past Meetings (with links to notes, when available)

January 13, 2021 Stephan Repasky Single brood chamber management
February 10, 2021 Zac Lamas What can 100 bees and a queen tell us about the bee world? Using this new method to study viral transmission.
March 10, 2021 Dr. Sammy Ramsey Varroa after the fat: Current research endeavors to fight the mite.
April 14, 2021 Panel discussion: spring management
May 12, 2021 Cybil Preston Mite treatment
June 9, 2021 Show and tell: favorite bee gadgets
July 14, 2021 David Papke Hive management techniques
September 9, 2021 Lloyd Snyder Fall management
October 13, 2021 Dewey Caron Reading Bee Hives
November 10, 2021 SBA Panel Hive winterizing demonstration
January 12, 2022 Amy Vu Overview of The BeeMD, lab resources and current research
February 9, 2022 Mark Dykes The Bee Squad Recording: click here for the zoom recording
March 9, 2022 SBA panel Spring management techniques
April 13, 2022 Steve Repasky, EAS. Master beekeeper Swarm prevention with SBA local swarm prevention methods
May 11, 2022 Cybil Preston, MD state bee inspector Pests and diseases
June 8, 2022 Show and tell
September 14, 2022 SBA panel Fall management
October 12, 2022 Bob Kloss The latest information on Oxalic Acid from EPA labeling to the latest science experiment findings
November 9, 2022 Mark Fiegl Excellence in extracted honey
January 11, 2023 Doug Shuman World of Bees